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The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia Of The Undead

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"The most comprehensive collection of vampire lore, with entries on everything from African vampires to Yama, the god of death".This unique encyclopedia satisfies your thirst for vampire lore and legends from around the world. It provides unprecedented coverage of the historical, literary, mythological and popular aspects of one of the world's most mesmerizing subjects.
Paperback, 852 pages
Published 1994 by Visible Ink Press
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Dec 17, 2008 Cleolinda rated it it was amazing
Extremely thorough and expansive in terms of looking at the vampire as a literary, cinematic, mythological and cultural phenomenon--you'll find entries on everything from fan clubs to breakfast cereals, as well as how various cultures (Germany, India, China, etc.) interpret the vampire. One drawback: since the book was published in 1998, it misses out on internet culture; a revised/updated edition would be a fun read.

I got this book back in the early 90's so by today's standard it may be considered a bit out-dated. This does not make this book worth any less though! It's a very exhaustive encyclopaedia in terms of history (European, Asian, etc), myth & legend, movies, boooks, and so forth. It would be really, really nice to see a revised up-to-date edition, that also takes other media into consideration, such as music, games and the internet, in addition to what has been released since its origin
Apr 24, 2007 Molly rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look at all things vampire. Whether you're interested in the folk stories behind vampire, the most popular (pre-Twilight) vampire books/movies/television shows this is a great resource to have.
Nov 12, 2009 Fangirl rated it really liked it
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This book is filled with information on all aspects of vampires, be it movies, literature, legend etc.
good book
Sophie Avett
First of all, this is not organized correctly--nor is it really organized like an encyclopedia. The index doesn't help at ALL. Also, much of the information presented is spliced in-between pop-culture resources/information, rather than being a pure guide on vampire mythology. Also the information that is there is very broad and limited. The book seems to try avoiding specifics, so it can use the omitted information for another useless entry. There is no entry for things like "sire" or "blood" an ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Heather rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive and incredibly informative! I read an older edition (aka pre-Twilight); I would like to get my paws on the most recent edition and see what all's in it now!
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The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead by J. Gordon Melton (1994)
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John Gordon Melton is an American religious scholar who was the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and is currently a research specialist in religion and New Religious Movements with the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

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